ARxC is calling on Georgians to demonstrate the people's demand that the Georgia Senate pass hate crimes legislation in Georgia (HB 426)

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ARxC patient advocates and supporters, we are calling on you to deomstrate the peoples' demand for hate crime legislation in Georgia.

Georgia is one of only 4 states that does not have a hate crimes law to increase penalities for crimes committed based on bias or prejudice against someone because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability. 

Faith leaders with Faith in Public Life, LGBT communities and allies working with Georgia Equality, the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs, the Georgia Coalition for Safe Communities (of which was founded by ARxC), and other community groups and leaders in Georgia are demanding that the Georgia Senate pass the Georgia Enhanced Penalities for Hate Crimes Act (HB 426) as soon as session opens on June 15, 2020.

We need the help of Georgians to demand that Senate act on this bill. 

Please email or call the following individuals and tell them that you strongly support the passage of HB 426 and request that they do what they can to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. GCSC makes it easy for you to send this message to the right people at: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/georgia-hate-crimes-law/. Consider changing the subject heading and, if you have the time, tell them why this bill is important to you (see sample letter from ARxC Associate Director, Haley Stolp).

GA Senate Leadership

GA Senate Judiciary Committee

 

Additional news on Georgia's battle for a hate crimes law:

  • Listen to NPR's May 9, 2020 2 minute coverage of this issue:  

  • Watch June 3, 2020 11Alive coverage of the issue and the need for hate crimes legislation in Georgia: